News Release: Monday, November 27th, 2017
About: Columbia Valley Gorge Wine Tasting @MetroWines
Please join us on Thursday, December 14th from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines to meet the HOT new importer, RiseOverRun.
Columbia Valley Gorge Wines including a 100% Semillon, French Varietals Red Blend, Barbera and Pinot Noir will be "on the taste" and "on the house" @MetroWines.
Event pricing set on these wines perfect for holiday meals, parties, gifts and sitting in front of the fireplace.
Parking is, as always, free, close and easy @MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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Rise Over Run is an anthology of singular wines from steep and often challenging sites, and the dedicated families who farm them. Even down to our name, the inception of Rise Over Run emanated from our mutual passion and respect for challenging viticultural microclimates, often individuated by vertical, rocky slopes where little else can thrive. Many are viticultural marvels, and the finished wines are expressions that could not be recreated elsewhere. Our book is a compilation of these wines that have stories to tell, and we are excited to be the ones doing so.
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" with Rise over Run!
Poppie and James Mantone met while working the harvest of 1997 at a custom crush house, LaVelle Vineyards (Willamette Valley, Oregon). Four years later, they relocated their home to the Columbia Gorge, where passion for Rhône wines led them to explore the emerging potential of vineyards there, as well as in the larger Columbia Valley.
Inspired by early efforts of Rhone and Burgundy varieties sampled from Washington wineries, Syncline’s first vintage (1999) consisted of 76 cases of Celilo Vineyards Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1973. The next year, production was increased to include Columbia Valley Syrah and Grenache. At the same time, they began working with vineyards for plantings of Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Carignan. They have kept production under 6,000 cases annually to ensure intimacy with each barrel and every vine.
Syncline Wine Cellars is located along the Columbia River in southern Washington.
The location, in the eastern Columbia River Gorge, is a unique place for growing wine grapes. The estate vineyard, Steep Creek Ranch, is located on a southern slope, on the very eastern edge of the new Columbia Gorge AVA. Directly west of the vineyard and winery is a series of 300-foot cliffs rising up into the surrounding mountains, straight out of the Columbia River. Locally known as the “Coyote Wall Syncline,” and to geologists as the “Bingen Syncline,” this dramatic feature gives the winery its name. It is at this point that the rainy western Columbia Gorge transitions to the semi-arid eastern Gorge.
Idiot's Grace and Memaloose are the production of a small, family-owned estate winery in the Columbia Gorge. Their several plots—established in 2003, overlooking the River on both the Oregon and Washington sides—are farmed organically with imagination and humility. The wines are wild-fermented and unposturing, and are crafted in a search for originality in this dramatic growing region. Taking their inspiration from the Rhone, Memaloose reds, whites and rosés are blends and occasionally varietal wines from Grenache, Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. The array of Idiot's Grace offerings reflect restless work to match grape to place and tend to be varietal bottlings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Dolcetto, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sangiovese and Primitivo, amongst others.
Regarding the names:
Upon its inception in 2006, the winery took the name Memaloose from a chain of islands in the Columbia Gorge referenced in the journals of Lewis & Clark. The duo and their crew made camp at what would become the town of Lyle, WA., currently the location of the winery, tasting room and three of the vineyards. Much of the Memaloose label art, back label story and several wine ‘nicknames’ drew from this history.
Idiot’s Grace is the name given to the property in Mosier, OR, by its owner, grower and cellar master Brian McCormick. This 55 acre parcel supports cherry orchards, an itinerant kale farmer and approximately 13 acres of vineyards (along with a flock of ducks, a drift of pigs, two goats, chickens galore, and a couple of very busy dogs).
Idiot’s Grace, then, initially appeared on Memaloose labels as a vineyard designate before spinning off into a “second” or “winemaker’s label” in 2010. As the vineyards and wines evolve and the character thereof comes into somewhat sharper focus, the name Idiot’s Grace seems better suited to convey that character while also connoting a slightly more contemporary connection to place. Therefore, it has assumed the role of “Lead Moniker” with the majority of production now, and henceforth, bottled under that label. In a gesture of respect to history, current plans are to bottle 3-4 wines per year from “Rhone” varieties, under the Memaloose label.
2015 Idiot's Grace Semillon
Grown on an east-facing terrace, on loam formed in alluvium and mudflows associated with Mt. Hood vulcanism. Fermentation proceeded with ambient yeasts in stainless steel; no malolactic conversion. We continue to be impressed by the promise of this variety in the Gorge. The juice has been handled somewhat differently each year; in the present case (motivated in part by a remarkable bottle from Australia) the approach was intended to maximize the freshness and vigor of the grape in a warm season.
2015 Idiot's Grace Barbera
A wine that we hope would make Giacomo Conterno proud! Barbera seems quite at home in this warmer corner of the Gorge, where the strong diurnal swings in temperature help to retain fresh acidity beneath the veneer of fresh red fruit. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts in neutral oak puncheons, unfined and unfiltered. 2016 Syncline ‘Subduction Red’
Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine. A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own; yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole.
Varietals: 40% Syrah / 15% Mourvedre / 20% Grenache / 14% Cinsault / 11% Carignan
HIYU WINE FARM
Hiyu Wine Farm was founded by Nate Ready, MS and China Tresemer. Ready worked as a sommelier in Boulder, CO., achieving his MS diploma in 2006. Shortly thereafter, he began gravitating more toward viticulture and winemaking. Working harvest in Italy, Ready crossed paths with Tresemer, who he knew from their days in Boulder but who was working in Italy as an artist, gardener, writer and cook. Eventually their shared loves took them to the Portland area where they partnered with Ready’s winemaking colleague, Geoff Burke, and purchased 21 acres in the Hood River Valley. They took the existing 7-acre parcel of Pinot and Syrah and added another 7 acres of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Tempranillo.
Hiyu is a fully operational farm guided by biodynamic practices with a robust polyculture of animals and cover crops. The vineyards are dry farmed without the use of herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. Hiyu uses 85% less spray material than typical certified organic spray programs. In the cellar, Ready tends to favor long elevage in oak barrels and almost no intervention. The only addition Ready permits is 5ppm of SOs before bottling. With the first commercial vintage release in 2015, Hiyu opened its tasting room and professional kitchen to the public
Smockshop Band is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the Hiyu Wine Farm team as they seek out new ideas and partnerships. Hiyu Wine Farm tends 14 acres of vines on their own land in the Hood River Valley, but their adventurous spirit and commitment to biodynamics and permaculture could not contain them. They have been developing relationships with growers and landowners that have opened up chances to experiment with grapes and locations across the varied terrain of southern Oregon.
The Columbia Gorge presents numerous creative opportunities. With their crew and friends, Ready and Tresemer seek out unique climates across, up and down the gorge. Some sites speak in nuance like Burgundy, while others recall the wild terrains of southern France and the volcanic character of Mt. Etna. But no matter where the grapes are grown, Smockshop Band transports the ethical viticulture that Hiyu Wine Farm uses at home: dry farming, biodynamic practices, and no herbicides, pesticides or fungicides.
Today they lease and farm twenty acres of vineyards outside of the farm and release the wines under the Smockshop banner. The name itself is lifted from a scribbled note on a map Lewis and Clark carried while exploring the Pacific Northwest; on the site where Hiyu farm sits is written “Smockshop Band.” One of the vineyards, Atavus, was planted at the end of the 1960’s and is the source of their solera of skin-macerated Gewürztraminer started back in 2013. But not all wines are meant to have a foot in the past; Smockshop Band’s “Spring Ephemeral” Red Wine and Pinot Noir capture the sudden youth of spring.
2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Columbia Valley Red (6-pk)
This is a very pale, delicate and perfumed, 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah from Scorched Earth Vineyard. This site sits in the eastern, desert-like portion of the Gorge and is technically in the Columbia Valley AVA. 50% whole cluster and 30% new French oak. 226 cases.
2016 Smockshop Band ‘Spring Ephemeral’ Pinot Noir (6-pk)
This Pinot from three sites worked within the Gorge is based primarily on fruit from a vineyard on Eastside Road that faces south just below panorama point. 50% whole cluster and 10% new French oak. 243 cases.